Where


Where
Where Where, adv. [OE. wher, whar, AS. hw?r; akin to D. waar, OS. hw?r, OHG. hw[=a]r, w[=a]r, w[=a], G. wo, Icel. and Sw. hvar, Dan. hvor, Goth. hwar, and E. who; cf. Skr. karhi when. [root]182. See {Who}, and cf. {There}.] [1913 Webster] 1. At or in what place; hence, in what situation, position, or circumstances; -- used interrogatively. [1913 Webster]

God called unto Adam, . . . Where art thou? --Gen. iii. 9. [1913 Webster]

Note: See the Note under {What}, pron., 1. [1913 Webster]

2. At or in which place; at the place in which; hence, in the case or instance in which; -- used relatively. [1913 Webster]

She visited that place where first she was so happy. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

Where I thought the remnant of mine age Should have been cherished by her childlike duty. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Where one on his side fights, thousands will fly. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

But where he rode one mile, the dwarf ran four. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. To what or which place; hence, to what goal, result, or issue; whither; -- used interrogatively and relatively; as, where are you going? [1913 Webster]

But where does this tend? --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

Lodged in sunny cleft, Where the gold breezes come not. --Bryant. [1913 Webster]

Note: Where is often used pronominally with or without a preposition, in elliptical sentences for a place in which, the place in which, or what place. [1913 Webster]

The star . . . stood over where the young child was. --Matt. ii. 9. [1913 Webster]

The Son of man hath not where to lay his head. --Matt. viii. 20. [1913 Webster]

Within about twenty paces of where we were. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

Where did the minstrels come from? --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

Note: Where is much used in composition with preposition, and then is equivalent to a pronoun. Cf. {Whereat}, {Whereby}, {Wherefore}, {Wherein}, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Where away} (Naut.), in what direction; as, where away is the land? [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Whither}. [1913 Webster]


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  • where — W1S1 [weə US wer] adv, conj, pron [: Old English; Origin: hwAr] 1.) in or to which place ▪ Where are you going? ▪ Where do they live? ▪ Do you know where my glasses are? ▪ Where would you like to sit? where (...) to/from ▪ Where have you come… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • where it's at — {adv. phr.}, {informal} That which is important; that which is at the forefront of on going social, personal, or scientific undertakings. * /Young, talented and black, that s where it s at./ * /We send sophisticated machines to Mars instead of… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • where it's at — {adv. phr.}, {informal} That which is important; that which is at the forefront of on going social, personal, or scientific undertakings. * /Young, talented and black, that s where it s at./ * /We send sophisticated machines to Mars instead of… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Where — Where, conj. Whereas. [1913 Webster] And flight and die is death destroying death; Where fearing dying pays death servile breath. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Where — Where, n. Place; situation. [Obs. or Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Finding the nymph asleep in secret where. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • where it's at — where important things are happening, where the action is    China that s where it s at today. Their society is changing; their economy is growing …   English idioms

  • Where — may refer to: * Where (SQL) Database language clause * basic interrogative about location …   Wikipedia

  • where — O.E. hwær, hwar, from P.Gmc. *khwar (Cf. O.S. hwar, O.N. hvar, O.Fris. hwer, M.Du. waer, O.H.G. hwar, Ger. wo, Goth. hvar where ), from PIE interrogative base *qwo (see WHO (Cf. who)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Where'er — Wher*e er , adv. Wherever; a contracted and poetical form. Cowper. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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